Manfred Stakes

Manfred Stakes

Group Three Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $200,000
Distance: 1200m

It all started for the Manfred Stakes in 1969 when Anvil saluted at Caulfield.

Since then, the Manfred Stakes has developed into a popular Group 3 race over 1200m for three-year-olds run in February, at the same course it all began at.

It is run under set weight and penalty conditions and has a purse of AUD $200,000, making it a race trainers and jockeys are desperate to compete in.

2023 Manfred Stakes betting odds

Markets for the 2023 Manfred Stakes are currently unavailable.

How to bet on the Manfred Stakes

All Australian online bookmakers featuring horse racing will have Caulfield races available to bet on. This means the Manfred Stakes can be wagered upon as soon as acceptances are in. Like most Group 3 races the Manfred Stakes does not have an all-in or futures market weeks out from the race.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table

2022 Manfred Stakes result

1stGeneration ($1.85)
2ndZethus ($4.80)
3rdLinas Legend (NTD)

Recent runnings of the Manfred Stakes:

  • Having shown his class in the spring, the CIaron maher & David Eustace-trained Generation returned with a dominant win in the Manfred. The race looked to be a race in two between he and the previously undefeated Unflinching, with Generation getting the chocolates as a $1.85 favourite. The win remarkably handed jockey Jye McNeil a fourth consecutive win on the Caulfield card.
  • Despite the proven class of Aysar and Tagaloa, the Matt Laurie-trained Portland Sky showed the racing world his untapped potential when leading throughout the Manfred Stakes. Despite looking vulnerable at the furlong marker, Portland Sky responded under the urgings of Luke Currie and continually held the one length margin approaching the winning post and signalled his intent to go around in a race like the Oakleigh Plate.
  • Having claimed the Caulfield Guineas in the spring, the Anthony Freedman-trained runner showed his class when first-up in the Manfred. Having settled on the heels of the leader, Mark Zahra looked to angle off the fence when approaching the turn and despite Super Seth not quickening initially, he really knuckled down over the final 100m to sprint clear and signal his autumn intentions.
  • The James Cummings-trained Tin Hat returned from a spell having been gelded and the ultimate gear change did the trick when claiming the Manfred Stakes making it three wins in a row since the operation. Since winning the Manfred Stakes, Tin Hat has been sold to Hong Kong and is now known as Beauty Rush. Having kicked clear upon entering the straight having taking up the running, the Godolphin gelding managed to keep finding under Damian Lane, despite rivals coming at him left right and centre inside the final furlong.
  • Having shown plenty of promise in the spring, the Darren Weir-trained Cliff’s Edge kicked off his autumn campaign with a superb win in the Manfred Stakes. Having gained an economical run in transit under Johnny Allen, Cliff’s Edge needed a touch of luck when cornering, but when a gap appeared on the rail, the three-year-old quickened nicely and managed to sprint the better, despite there looking like four genuine winning chances with 100m to go.
  • Legless Veuve wasn’t fancied by punters leading into the race, but the only filly of the field gave the boys a lesson. The Stuart Webb-trained daughter of Pins sat outside the speed which was set by Into Orbit before pulling away in the straight. It defeated the likes of Hey Doc, Morton’s Fork and the well-backed Derryn. The three-year-old paid $17.30 for the win, despite winning some good form races last preparation.
  • Mornington trainer Jason Warren’s three year old Puritan marked itself as a horse of the future, defeating a field of promising colts and geldings. Paying $21, Puritan defeated pre-race favourite Golden Spin ($2.60) and Read For Victory, which paid $9. Nick Hall rode the victorious horse.
  • It was the Freedman family taking the chocolates this year, with champion hoop Damien Oliver steering Java to the title. It was the Freedman’s first big win since teaming up under the same banner. Java had previously won three successive races in a lower grade and his fitness showed, beating home Sandown Guineas winner Petrology with Affirmation third.
  • Bull Point was too good for Gai Waterhouse and jockey Damien Oliver over the 1200m journey. After jumping perfectly and settling into a nice position, Bull Point drew level with the leader Worth A Ransom at the 200m metre mark, before kicking away to win by just over a length. Worth A Ransom and The Quarterback filled out the minor placings.
  • Mirage, or Royal Haunt as the horse was racing as in 2013, proved too strong despite an atrocious record of getting out of the barriers cleanly. Jockey Luke Nolen rode it superbly as he worked through the field before easing to a four length victory. The Hard Spun gelding was trained by Peter Moody and was to go on and race in Hong Kong. Greg Eurell-trained pair Force Command and Hosting finished second and third.
  • Favourite and top weight Mosheen proved too strong with almost a two length victory for jockey Danny Nikolic and trainer Robert Smerdon. It was Mosheen’s first race since wining the Crown Oaks with the 1200m victory in the return to the track coming as somewhat of a surprise given the horse is better over the mile. That’s The One and Highly Recommended rounded out the placings.

Previous winners of the Manfred Stakes

Manfred Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Generation Jye McNeil Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2021 Portland Sky Luke Currie Matt Laurie
2020 Super Seth Mark Zahra Anthony Freedman
2019 Beauty Rush Damian Lane James Cummings
2018 Cliff’s Edge John Allen Darren Weir
2017 Legless Veuve Mark Zahra Stuart Webb
2016 Puritan Nicholas Hall Jason Warren
2015 Java Damien Oliver Lee & Anthony Freedman
2014 Bull Point Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse
2013 Mirage Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2012 Mosheen Danny Nikolic Robert Smerdon
2011 Enjin Number Nine Glen Boss Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
2010 Denman Kerrin McEvoy Peter Moody
2009 Nicconi Brad Rawiller David Hayes
2008 Turffontein Larry Cassidy Anthony Cummings
2007 Haradasun Nash Rawiller Tony Vasil
2006 Thin And Crispy Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2005 Niconero Nash Rawiller Tony McEvoy
2004 Keep The Faith Patrick Payne Tony McEvoy
2003 Conspectus Noel Callow Mick Price
2002 Don Eduardo Damien Oliver Lee Freedman
2001 Academy Dancer Brett Prebble David Hall
2000 Freemason Darren Gauci John Hawkes

Manfred Stakes winners pre-2000

Manfred Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Market Price
1998 Prince Standaan
1997 Catainer
1996 Eureka Jewel
1995 Danasinga
1994 Tristalove
1993 Restitution
1992 Dark Ksar
1991 Beachside
1990 Academian
1989 Painted Ocean
1988 Century Judge
1987 Groucho
1986 Khamacruz
1985 Noble Peer
1984 Pride Of Kellina
1983 To The Wind
1982 Getting Closer
1981 Real Force
1980 Polo Player
1979 Fralo
1978 Taskwin
1977 Super Scope
1976 Zintoba/Silver Shaft
1975 Kenmark
1974 Bush Win
1973 Flying Gem / Gala Supreme
1972 Andros / Downland
1971 Pilgarlic
1970 Long Brandy
1969 Gay Bachelor
1968 Anvil

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